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An alternative pathway for production of acetonitrile: ruthenium catalysed aerobic dehydrogenation of ethylamine

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Abstract

The oxidative synthesis of acetonitrile from ethylamine was studied using a supported ruthenium catalyst. The reaction was conducted in both batch and flow processes and high conversions (over 85%) were achieved in both cases. Selectivity of both reactions was improved by optimisation of reaction conditions, achieving over 90% selectivity in the batch process and 80% selectivity in the continuous flow process. The use of a selective solid catalyst that utilises a feedstock that can be derived from biomass, dioxygen as the oxidant and water as the solvent represents a new, green route for the independent and efficient production of acetonitrile.

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Submitted
25 Sep 2012
Accepted
18 Feb 2013
First published
18 Feb 2013

Green Chem., 2013,15, 928-933
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An alternative pathway for production of acetonitrile: ruthenium catalysed aerobic dehydrogenation of ethylamine

E. C. Corker, U. V. Mentzel, J. Mielby, A. Riisager and R. Fehrmann, Green Chem., 2013, 15, 928
DOI: 10.1039/C3GC36513A

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